To encourage and foster a re-commitment by members of local/county enforcement agencies to protect and serve with dignity, respect and fairness for all.
We provide the resources and support necessary for local communities to host re-commitment events in their hometowns. Contact us for assistance - let's keep the movement going!
A. Keith Grice
Police Chief, Manning, South Carolina
The Promise PLEDGE
I promise to serve my community with dignity and respect, treating all citizens equally, regardless of race or socioeconomic backgrounds.
I promise to do everything I can to promote a peaceful outcome, only using force when there is no other option.
I promise to not let the negative actions of a few cloud my judgement about doing what is right for all because I am a positive leader in my community.
I promise to do everything in my power to come home safely each day and likewise for those that I protect and serve, knowing that my actions impact everyone. I promise to continue leading with a servant’s heart, so that my badge - is one of honor.
I Promise was created by Jeff Black (Small Business Owner) and Julia A. Nelson (Mayor of Manning, South Carolina). Jeff and Julia started first grade together at Manning Primary School in 1969, the first-grade class of full integration in the county where the fight for school desegregation actually began – Clarendon County. Jeff is white. Julia is black. They don’t always agree on everything, but they have always cared about each other. Their motto: “The ties that bind us together are ones of love and respect.” Over a half-century later, their friendship remains strong today.
The photo (left) is of Jeff and Julia’s Elementary School Class, Manning Elementary, Manning, SC circa Early 1970s.
Mayor Julia A. Nelson
The honorable Julia Antoinette Nelson is the mayor of her native hometown Manning, South Carolina.
Jeff Black, principal of Black Sheep, Inc., has worked with executives, sports professionals and front-line leaders in twenty countries to prepare them for communication and business strategies.
Contact: Mayor Julia A. Nelson, Manning, SC